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Posted: 11/1/2011
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

When I was little I was afraid of everything, especially the shadows outside the dangerous neighborhood where my siblings and I grew up, the people inside our house that brought drugs, alcohol, and abuse to my bedroom door every night. My oldest brother Ricky always got the worst of the abuse because he stuck up for all of us kids and took the brunt of it so we wouldn't have to. He and I used to play a game pretending he was a warrior and I was a warrior princess slaying dragons. Whenever I felt weak I would remind myself that I was a warrior princess and I couldn't give up.

When I was about 9 years old, my siblings and I were removed from our home and put into foster care. At first we were together, but within days we were separated. I was personally in over 12 foster cares before I turned 18. Some were good and some were worse than I had ever experienced at home with my parents. I tried to keep in touch with my siblings the best I could, but somehow I lost track of them. When we all turned 18, I looked my siblings up and one by one we reconnected, except Ricky. I haven't seen him in at least 20 years now, and I have to know what happened to him. It was once rumored that he was adopted by a family named Reid, but when I contacted the courts they told me he was never adopted.

I have no official documents about him. I know he was born on August 18th, but I don't know what year. I believe he would be 29 or 30 years old today, and may be living in California. I am 26 years old now and I feel blessed to have a wonderful husband in the military and three beautiful children. I want to find Ricky to let him know that as long as I'm alive, he's not alone. I love him and I want him to be in my life, no matter what.

From day one, my husband was opposed to my search. He didn't want to spend the money and get ripped off, and he was nervous because Ricky may have turned out as a dangerous guy or is part of a gang. If so, he doesn't want that influence around our children. At the end of the day, I am worried that if Ricky tried to find me he might not be able to because I've changed my name three times: twice in foster care, then in marriage.

Julie did a great job putting me at ease right away. I appreciated how confident she was that she would be able to solve the case. That really put my mind at ease and helped me focus on the positive. Less than 4 weeks after she started the case, I received a phone call saying, "Jessica! Grab a pen and piece of paper. Write this down......it's your brother's phone number!" He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Tracee and two children.

While bawling my head off, I somehow managed to write down Ricky's number. As soon as I composed myself, I dialed it and heard the voice I love and remember say warmly "Jessy, is this you?" From there, the rest is history. Now that we've found each over again, I won't ever let him out of my sight. It felt great to tell him how grateful I am that he worked so hard to take care of me and keep me safe. I reminded him of our game slaying dragons and told him I had just slain the fiercest one of all by finding him. Thanks SQA for all your help and for reuniting me with my big brother. You can be honorary dragon slayers too, if you want!

Written by Mica Burton on Search Quest America Client Jessica Nicole's behalf.
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